For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been named Pennsylvania’s Service Provider of the Year by Real Alternatives. Real Alternatives is a non-profit, charitable organization in Pennsylvania that administers pregnancy and parenting support services. This annual award is presented to the provider agency that has served the most pregnant women in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, CSS’ Northeast Family Service Center in Northeast Philadelphia received its seventh Site of the Year Award.

Ms. Amy Stoner, Director of CSS Community Based and Homeless Services Divisions, and members of her staff were presented with the award at an annual conference held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In 2016, CSS provided comprehensive support services to nearly 5,700 pregnant women. Services included counseling, mentoring, education assistance, adoption, and enrollment in benefit programs, as well as providing prenatal and parenting support groups.

Throughout the greater Philadelphia region, young women and mothers regularly turn to CSS facilities for emotional support and essential parenting resources needed to best care for their families. CSS assists more than 174,000 children, adults and families of all faiths throughout the five-county metropolitan area comprising the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Real Alternatives is a government-funded program of the Department of Human Services that provides pregnancy and parenting support services to women facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies which empowers them to choose childbirth over abortion.